What is Global Health

“What is Global Health” is produced by undergraduate students at Columbia University. It is a publication of the Journal of Global Health.

Health–a central factor of every human life across the world. Yet, much of the discussion around important health issues remains limited to specialized professionals. To break down these boundaries, the “What is Global Health” podcast creates meaningful and shareable interviews between influential global health professionals and students. We cover relevant, current issues in public health, including health policy, environmental health, and epidemiology. Ran entirely by student interviewers, our podcast also offers a creative, fresh approach to intersectional topics, such as mental health or patient narratives, under the umbrella theme of public health.

The podcast works to spread accessibility of public & global health beyond the academic and professional world. Through conversational dialogue, we hope to increase public awareness of public & global health issues as well as inspire new interest in the field. The “What is Global Health” podcast is produced by the Journal of Global Health, the most widely-distributed student public health journal in the country. Podcasts are available on public platforms, including Spotify, iTunes, Stitcher, and Google Play.


Recent Podcasts

Novel Residency Training—The New Global Health Initiative with Dr. Stanberry September 14, 2020 - Dr. Stanberry is the Reuben S. Carpentier Professor and Chairman of the Department of Pediatrics at the Columbia Vagelos College of Physicians and Surgeons, and Pediatrician-in-Chief of New York-Presbyterian Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital. Our interview is focused on the establishment of a global health initiative in the department of pediatrics at Columbia University’s Medical School. [...]

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Podcasting Pollution: Religious & Cultural Perspectives of the Ganges September 13, 2020 - Who: Interviews with Dr. Rachel McDermott (Barnard College); Dr. Thomas Yarnall (Columbia University); Dr. Upmanu Lall (Columbia Water Center); and Anthony Acciavatti (Columbia GSAPP) Why: Produced and published for WiGH? & Challenges of Sustainable Development final “hack-a-thon” class project For Who?: Anyone interested in the problem of Pollution and the Ganges! More specifically, for those [...]

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What We Have Known About and Will Learn From COVID-19 | Dr. Stephen Morse February 12, 2020 - In this episode of WiGH?, JGH Online co-Chair Renee Ren speaks with Dr. Stephen Morse on how viral infections originate and spread, how preventative policies control epidemics, vaccines, and the 2019 coronavirus epidemic. Dr. Morse is the Professor of Epidemiology at Columbia University Medical Center. His research focuses on risk assessment of infectious diseases and [...]

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The Religion of Science: Conquering the Unknowable | Dr. Robert Pollack March 12, 2013 - In this episode of WiGH?, molecular biology pioneer Robert Pollack, Ph.D talks about how scientists may surprisingly benefit from the study of religion. “The most bizarre religion in my experience is the religion of science. The religion of science simply says that everything is explainable and if I pick the right way to ask it, [...]

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Tuned In To the Brain: The Neuroscience of Music and Music Therapy | Dr. Concetta Tomaino February 22, 2013 - In this episode of WiGH?, Cynthia Li speaks with Dr. Concetta Tomaino on the role of music in brain development as well as the future of music therapy. This podcast also features a musical performance from Dr. Tomaino’s therapy patients. “I started singing the song and playing music, and the people who were extremely agitated [...]

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Kony 2012, Social Media, and Agency | Maya Cohen BC’10 and Nicole Dussault CC’14 March 25, 2012 - In this episode of WiGH?, Kevin Xu and Connie Chen speak with Maya Cohen and Nicole Dussault on Kony 2012, Social Media, and Agency. “Do social media campaigns give young people a false sense of accomplishment?” And what does agency really mean? Maya Cohen is Executive Director of GlobeMed. In the fall of 2008, while a [...]

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Because You’re a Student | Maya Cohen BC’10 and Nicole Dussault CC’14 March 24, 2012 - What is special about a social movement driven by students? In this episode of WiGH?, Kevin Xu and Connie Chen speak with Maya Cohen and Nicole Dussault, who comment on how GlobeMed has empowered young people to put their visions of the world into action. Maya Cohen is Executive Director of GlobeMed. In the fall [...]

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